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Peeing for attention?

We had some company over last night, and even when Miller was outside when they came, and super calm, he still peed everywhere but anyways, about half way through their visit, sombody asked if he was potty trained, and i said yes, he hasent gone potty in the house for more than 2 month. Well i guess he decided that he wasen't getting enough attention, so he went, over to the fireplace, the polished marber fireplace, which looks NOTHING like anything outside, and peed on it. and he knows that he has to go to the door and bark to be let out, thats what he does. But no, when the company came, he decided that the fireplace would just be the best place to pee, after i told everybody he was potty trained do they do this for attention?
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did your guests own pets? perhaps have pet smells on them? I think he was marking his territory, so your guests would know what was his. that's my hunch.
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ya, one has a dog... mabye thats why
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I don't know about the peeing for attention theory, but you could try leashing him to you as if he was an un-housetrained puppy in situations like that, and/or keeping him confined to a safe area. Housetraining is no fun and even grown dogs can have slipups (see Tammy's recent thread about Tillie!); the important thing is to be patient, persistent, and to recognize situations where you have to revert back to small-puppy mode (such as, apparently, having company over in Miller's case).

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We had some company over last night, and even when Miller was outside when they came, and super calm, he still peed everywhere but anyways, about half way through their visit, sombody asked if he was potty trained, and i said yes, he hasent gone potty in the house for more than 2 month. Well i guess he decided that he wasen't getting enough attention, so he went, over to the fireplace, the polished marber fireplace, which looks NOTHING like anything outside, and peed on it. and he knows that he has to go to the door and bark to be let out, thats what he does. But no, when the company came, he decided that the fireplace would just be the best place to pee, after i told everybody he was potty trained do they do this for attention?
No, they DON'T do it for attention. But they can and do have accidents when their routine is disrupted. Just like small children, you have to watch them much more carefully when there is a lot going on. It sounds like Miller really isn't ready for company yet. You might be better off putting him in his ex-pen, or in his crate in a quiet room with something great to chew on when you ahve company for now.


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Maybe new people in the house was giving miller anxiety and he just need to relieve himself?

If I know I have guests over, I walk Oreo before they come over so his bladder is at least a little emptier and it seems to work. I also keep track of his potty routines and know when he needs to go at what time.

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Maybe new people in the house was giving miller anxiety and he just need to relieve himself?

If I know I have guests over, I walk Oreo before they come over so his bladder is at least a little emptier and it seems to work. I also keep track of his potty routines and know when he needs to go at what time.
Peeing or marking is one of the standard calming signals dogs use. They do it to calm themselves, and to calm others, too. See the works of Turid Rugaas for more information.

http://www.coherentdog.org/vek/stressdown.php

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i don't think he was peeing for attention, i don't think dogs in general do that. (i could be wrong however) I always believe there is a reason behind it.
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